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Washington Park firefighters respond to house fire, bus accident back-to-back

Fire damages Washington Park home

Firefighters in Washington Park responded to a working structure fire Tuesday afternoon on 59th St. Officials on scene said the house was heavily damaged inside and on the back of the home. No one was injured.
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Firefighters in Washington Park responded to a working structure fire Tuesday afternoon on 59th St. Officials on scene said the house was heavily damaged inside and on the back of the home. No one was injured.

Firefighters in Washington Park faced a busy afternoon Tuesday, responding to a multiple-vehicle accident involving a school bus and a house fire on N. 59th St.

Washington Park firefighters and police first arrived on scene for an accident around 4 p.m. Tuesday at the corner of Bunkum Rd. and Kingshighway. Scanner traffic indicated the accident involved two cars and one school bus with one child on board.

At least two people in one car requested an ambulance for neck and back pain, according to radio traffic.

The child on the bus was uninjured, according to Washington Park Fire Chief Charles Schreiber. The bus was towed at the scene.

“One car hit the other car. The car that got hit veered off and hit the front of the bus,” Schreiber said, adding that the bus sustained damage to the front bumper.

Shortly after the accident firefighters were called to a working structure fire with a request for mutual aid. The fire was reported at 2109 N. 59th St. in Washington Park. Smoke could be seen coming from the back of house.

“There was heavy fire in the rear of the house. They (the homeowners) were doing a remodeling of the house. The house is not occupied,” Schreiber said on scene, noting that there were no injuries as a result of the fire. “There is pretty good damage on the inside and the rear.”

By 5 p.m., firefighters were still treating hot spots inside and outside the residence.

Firefighters said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

State Park and Caseyville firefighters also worked the scene. A Medstar ambulance and Ameren Illinois also responded.

Kaitlyn Schwers: 618-239-2526, @kaitlynschwers

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